Two Pence's Ayo Skeete Disapproves of Your Flip-Flops
Andie Flores Ayo Skeete has done everything from jewelry to branding.
When Ayo Skeete was 10 years old, she had a make-your-own-jewelry birthday party. When she was in middle school, she made her own jewelry and sold it. In college, she began making pieces she loved and sold them in her very own Etsy shop, Ayo Femi Jewelry.
At 25, the Phoenix native has used her knowledge of branding her past jewelry business to launch a new creative studio, Two Pence.
Her inspiration archives have also informed Skeete's personal style. She loves bloggers like Pennyweight, and rocks a simple, clean style in her day-to-day wardrobe.
Skeete sold her jewelry for the past four years, but now she just does it for fun.
"I went to school for design studies at Arizona State University. I liked it, and after doing my jewelry for so long and doing all of the branding and packaging myself, I figured out I liked making graphics more than making jewelry."
Thus, Skeete and a friend launched Two Pence, which focuses on styling and branding. The pair had been doing freelance design work separately for the last few years before they decided to combine forces.
"Lately we've been doing a lot of photo shoots for weddings," says Skeete. "I'm currently working on the website for Phoenix Flea, and would love to do more branding for bloggers and businesses."
Skeete hopes to grow her business by connecting with more creative people around the city. "When you create a good network, you know everyone can work together to create more awesome things.
"This is what I really like doing. I want to do it all the time."